About the Author

Lisa Steele

Lisa Steele is a 5th-generation chicken keeper and Maine Master Gardener. She’s the founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, the popular natural chicken keeping site, and the author of several books including Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens Naturally and 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks. From her small farm in Maine, she inspires her readers with her easy, fun and accessible approach to integrating gardening and backyard chickens for a more productive flock and more bountiful harvest. Visit her blog at www.fresheggsdaily.com and on Instagram @fresheggsdaily
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Articles by Lisa Steele

7 Reasons to Hang Chicken Nesting Box Curtains
June 8, 2021 · · Coops

Add to Favorites Nesting box curtains have been around for a very long time. Farmers would hang burlap or feed bags over the front of their hens’ boxes; present-day backyard …

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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
June 7, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death is a very real danger to chickens when temperatures rise. They don’t sweat like humans do, and are somewhat limited in their ability to cool down.

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10 Tips for Fermenting Chicken Feed
May 17, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Have you given any thought to how fermenting chicken feed can benefit your flock of backyard chickens? Fermenting is all the rage nowadays, both in people foods (think yogurt, sauerkraut, sourdough bread, buttermilk, kimchi, apple cider vinegar, even beer and wine!) and chicken diets as well, although the process has been used for hundreds of years as a food preservation method.

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Caring For Baby Chicks with Pasty Butt
April 26, 2021 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Chick season will soon be in full swing. If you are new to having backyard chickens and just starting out caring for baby chicks, you should be aware of a potentially life-threatening, but easily treatable condition that is fairly common, affecting mainly shipped day-old chicks.

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Everything You Need to Know About Chicken Roosting Bars
April 20, 2021 · · Coops

One of the most common questions I get asked on my Facebook page (Fresh Eggs Daily) is how wide chicken roosting bars should be and how high off the ground they should be positioned. So here’s everything you need to know about chicken roosting bars.

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What Do Ducks Eat?
April 14, 2021 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

The number one question I always get from backyard chicken keepers thinking about adding some domestic duck breeds to their flock is “What do ducks eat?” Fortunately, ducks can do quite well on chicken feed, although there is waterfowl feed available commercially for those who raise only ducks; or ducks and geese together.

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Chickens as Pets: 5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Breeds
March 21, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Raising a flock of backyard chickens as pets with “benefits” is a fun, fulfilling activity that the whole family can get involved in. Kids love to help collect eggs, refill feeders and waterers, and watch the chickens chase bugs in the yard.

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Breakfast of Champion Poultry Layers
March 15, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Good-quality layer feed is all your chickens really need to eat, but by adding a few supplements to their feed you can provide your flock a healthy boost to …

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A Guide to Common Duck Diseases
March 5, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Domestic duck breeds are generally extremely hardy and don’t often get sick as long as they are fed a healthy diet, given plenty of room to exercise …

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What Does Blood in Chicken Eggs Mean?
March 4, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites When you raise your own flock of backyard chickens long enough, you will likely encounter all kinds of odd eggs, including blood in chicken eggs. From tiny fairy …

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